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IT News - CxO
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How GM CIO Randy Mott Rebuilt IT For Success
Clint Boulton writes in CIO, "Randall Mott joined General Motors as CIO in 2012 with a direct mission from then CEO Daniel Akerson: Establish a competitive advantage by bringing IT in-house, reversing the auto giant's decades-old practice of outsourcing technology to third parties.

As daunting an IT strategy as it may have been, it was music to Mott's ears. After dealing with just about every available outsourcer in his prior CIO roles at Dell and Hewlett-Packard, Mott realized, 'I ran captive organizations outside 'at both HP and Dell' really well and really well sucked,' Mott said at IDG's CIO 100 Symposium earlier this month..."

CIO, August 28th, 2018
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The Hidden Costs Of Outsourcing
"One of the biggest mistakes an IT organization can make when outsourcing is failing to consider the total cost of the relationship - including all the hidden costs that are likely to accrue," reports Stephanie Overby in CIO. "There has been little incentive to date for service providers to bring these looming financial risks out into the open, so customers much be diligent about identifying these additional expenses in order to manage or eliminate them..."
CIO, August 30th, 2018
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5 Hard Truths Every CISO Should Know
"Security professionals ignore these truths at their own peril," warns Roger A. Grimes in CSO Online. The common theme across all five: Don't underestimate the risk of social engineering and poor patching policies...

Everyone loves that scene in the movie, 'A Few Good Men,' where the character played by Jack Nicholson testifying in court says, 'You can't handle the truth!' We love it because we know we all unconsciously ignore some hard truths because the consequences of recognizing them would significantly change not only what we do, but what society wants us to do. We ignore those elephants in the room for as long as we can - until they hit us in the face and we are forced to deal with them..."

CSO Online, August 29th, 2018
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How One CIO Thinks Outside The Box To Fill Cybersecurity Jobs
"Federal Reserve Bank of Boston CIO Don Anderson shares his hiring strategies for cybersecurity talent...

Strong security organizations have a solid understanding of the business and its goals and know their role in making those goals a reality. They're also creative and think outside the box when they build their team - something we've been doing successfully at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston..." - The Enterprisers Project

The Enterprisers Project, August 30th, 2018
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The Pressure's On: Digital Transformation Seen As A Make-Or-Break Proposition For IT Managers
"Are IT careers at stake with digital transformation?" asks Joe McKendrick in ZDNet. "With the deluge of articles, seminars and analyst briefs on the glories of digital transformation, it's understandable why business leaders would be leaning really hard on their IT people to make things happen. And the pressure is on -- a recent survey finds 83 percent of IT leaders fear they actually could be fired if their digital transformation efforts fail..."
ZDNet, August 29th, 2018
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The CIO's Dilemma: Innovate And Cut Costs
"Members of IDG's Influencer Network weigh in on one the thorniest challenges facing IT leadership today...

'Digital technologies have significantly impacted most enterprises, and IT is on the front line of change,' writes Martha Rounds in CIO.com's Spring 2018 Digital Magazine.

'In a recent IDC survey, 45% of CIOs and senior IT executives said that one of the top three objectives they've been given by their companies is to 'create competitive advantage for the business',' she continues..." - CIO

CIO, August 27th, 2018
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IT News - Storage
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Four Common SSD Form Factors And Where They Work Best
"An SSD is often described in terms of its form factor, which refers to the drive's size and shape," writes Robert Sheldon in Search Storage.

"But SSD form factors can imply more than just a drive's physical dimensions. It can also indicate how the drive connects to a computer, as well as how data is passed between the motherboard and drive.

SSDs are available in a number of form factors, with some types supporting multiple width and length combinations. The four most common SSD form factors in today's market include the 2.5-inch SATA, mSATA, M.2 and Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe)..."

Search Storage, August 28th, 2018
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IT News - AI
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Looking For An AI Solution? Start Here
"With artificial intelligence now a more prevalent part of technology solutions and business processes than ever, CIOs must identify and leverage the optimal AI solution for their business goals and technology stack," writes Paul Chapman in CIO.

"Like every business, we have the need to continually invest in our business processes in order to scale, to grow efficiently, and to allow our people to be as productive as possible, which means enabling them to focus on their highest value work. From processes that are time consuming to mismanagement of resources, breakdowns in the system always arise. How businesses address them is the differentiator. Each time I'm faced with an optimization problem, I ask myself the same question I presume most CIOs do: can we automate and digitize?..."

CIO, August 31st, 2018
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Video: Andy Bechtolsheim, Sun Co-Founder And Early Google Investor, On Cloud Networking
Mark Albertson writes in siliconAngle,"Being first to market often has benefits, and it can take a special kind of vision to be the initial investor before others join the bandwagon. Which is why when Andy Bechtolsheim (pictured), founder, chief development officer and chairman of Arista Networks Inc., gets excited about an evolving technology, it's probably a good time to sit up and pay close attention..."
siliconAngle, August 27th, 2018
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Gartner Sees AI Democratized In Latest 'Hype Cycle'
Alex Woodie writes in datanami, "Democratized artificial intelligence is one of five trends driving Gartner's latest Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, which it updates this month, as it traditionally does during the month of August.

The analyst group took a slightly different approach with this year's Hype Cycle for Emerging Tech and grouped the 35 individual technologies into major groups, which includes digitalized ecosystems, do-it-yourself biohacking, transparently immersive experiences, and ubiquitous infrastructure, along with democratized AI..."

datanami, August 27th, 2018
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IT News - Technology
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This Venus Flytrap-Like Robot Mouth Could Help The Army Retrieve Drones Fast
"A new drone-retrieval system could make it easier for Army units to collect their drones after a mission," writes Abrar Al-Heeti in CNET.

"The Talon, a device made by Target Arm, is designed to sit on the back of a moving vehicle and catch drones of all sizes. The prototype was presented at an industry day Thursday at the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) at Fort Benning, Georgia, according to ArmyTimes..."

CNET, August 31st, 2018
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Voice Set To Project Into Workplace, Predicts Gartner Report
"AI-powered voice recognition is set to become part of the office environment within two years, according to Gartner," writes in Cliff Saran ComputerWeekly.

"Over the next two years, IT departments should get ready for speech recognition to become mainstream in the workplace.

Gartner's 2018 Hype cycle for the digital workplace report has placed speech recognition at its plateau of productivity level within the next two years, indicating that the analyst believes it will be ready for wide-scale adoption..."

ComputerWeekly, August 29th, 2018
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IT News - Blockchain
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7 Uses For Blockchain That Have Nothing To Do With Cryptocurrency
"Remember when the price of Bitcoin reached record highs just shy of $20,000 last December?" asks Yoshitaka Shiotsu in Business 2 Community. "Or how about when Long Island Iced Tea Corp. shares soared 289 percent after rebranding itself as Long Blockchain Corp.? With all the hype, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Bitcoin and blockchain were just buzzwords for the same thing or that blockchain was 'black magic' for boosting your stock prices...."
Business 2 Community, August 28th, 2018
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Preparing For The Future Of Blockchain
"A digital twin should capture the data center in its entirety - including IT assets, racks, power networks and cooling distribution - and enable users to test what-if scenarios," writes Amy Miller in Data Center Knowledge.

"Blockchain is big - it's predicted to grow from a $708 million market in 2017 to $60.7 billion by 2024. And it's expected to dramatically change the global data center industry over the next 10 to 20 years. The rising popularity of blockchain stems from the mining of cryptocurrencies, which relies on an ever-growing number of servers for storage and significant power to operate and cool those servers..."

Data Center Knowledge, August 29th, 2018
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IT News - Security
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The Difference Between Sandboxing, Honeypots & Security Deception
In Dark Reading Marc Laliberte offers "A deep dive into the unique requirements and ideal use cases of three important prevention and analysis technologies.

Networks, cyberattacks, and the strategies used to stop them are continuously evolving. Security deception is an emerging cyber-defense tactic that allows researchers and information security professionals to observe the behavior of attackers once they've gained access to what they think is a business network..."

Dark Reading, August 27th, 2018
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IT News - BI
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7 Keys To Self-Service BI Success
"Self-service business intelligence (BI) is becoming more popular, as organizations look for ways to make it easier for business users at all levels to glean insights from growing volumes of data," reports Bob Violino in CIO.

"Research firm Gartner in a January 2018 report predicted that by 2019, the analytics output of business users with self-service capabilities will surpass that of professional data scientists..."

CIO, August 28th, 2018
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IT News - HR
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5 Signs That Your HR Department Is A Failure
"Many times when there is a workplace problem, we are directed to the Human Resources Department," notes Ronald E Riggio in Psychology Today. "I used to do a workplace Q&A column for a major newspaper, and 'go to HR' was often my first piece of advice. Yet, all too often, employees would tell me that going to HR made things worse. I've seen it myself, and written about it - HR departments that forget their purpose and may actually harm, rather than help, their employees.

Here are 5 warning signs that your HR department is failing..."

Psychology Today, August 27th, 2018
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Man Fired By A Computer
"Ibrahim Diallo was allegedly fired by a machine," reports Adrian Hopgood in HR Exchange. "Recent news reports relayed the escalating frustration he felt as his security pass stopped working, his computer system login was disabled, and finally he was frogmarched from the building by security personnel. His managers were unable to offer an explanation, and powerless to overrule the system.

Some might think this was a taste of things to come as artificial intelligence is given more power over our lives..."

HR Exchange, August 29th, 2018
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IT News - FOSS
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Get A Jump On Reducing Your Open Source Software Security Risks
"By taking the right precautionary steps, organizations can leverage open source software to rapidly develop applications - without compromising security" writes Cindy Waxer in CSO Online.

"Open source software offers many benefits to development teams looking to rapidly develop applications in order to stay ahead in competitive markets. The advantages to leveraging open source libraries range from greater overall cost savings to more flexibility in development. It is no surprise then that both traditional and agile development-driven teams frequently incorporate pre-built, reusable open source libraries into their applications..."

CSO Online, August 31st, 2018
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IT News - Cloud
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Edge Or Cloud? The 6 Factors That Determine Where To Put Workloads
Chris Nelson writes in Information Management, "It's as predictable as continental drift: the center of gravity in computing moves every few decades from the center and the edge and back again, thanks to changing demands and technological advances - including the Internet of Things.

Not only will the IoT generate asinine quantities of data, this data will often have to be acted on in rapid fire fashion. IDC estimates that 40 percent of IoT data will be captured, processed and stored pretty much were it was born. While Gartner estimates the amount of data outside the cloud or enterprise data centers will grow from 10 percent today to 55 percent by 2022.

So how do you figure out what goes where?..."

Information Management, August 29th, 2018
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SaaS Adoption Is On The Rise, But So Is Data Loss
"The mass adoption of cloud-based applications is no longer exclusive to private enterprises," opines Brian Rutledge in GCN.

"Education, health care and government agencies are rapidly adopting software-as-a-service solutions to cut costs and improve productivity and efficiency. More than 70 percent of state government CIOs are 'cloud first,' and both state and local government organizations are continuing to embrace SaaS offerings such as G Suite or Office 365..."

GCN, August 30th, 2018
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IT News - DR
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Disaster Recovery 2.0: Protecting Your Business From The Unexpected
"IT outages can happen at any organisation and business without a disaster recovery plan will simply fail when a disaster takes place," notes Mark Adams in IT Proportal.

"An IT outage can be devastating. But businesses can be put off extensive disaster recovery plans by the perceived cost and complexity. That leaves many relying on outdated and untested processes, or worse - without any recovery plan in place at all..."

IT Proportal, August 29th, 2018
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IT News - Careers
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Glassdoor's 10 Highest Paying Tech Jobs Of 2018
"Glassdoor is best known for its candid, honest reviews of employers written anonymously by employees," notes Louis Columbus in Business 2 Community. "It is now common practice and a good idea for anyone considering a position with a new employer to check them out on Glassdoor first. With nearly 40 million reviews on more than 770,000 companies. Glassdoor is now the 2nd most popular job site professionals rely on in the U.S., attracting approximately 59 million job seekers a month..."
Business 2 Community, August 27th, 2018
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IT News - Developer
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What Developers Can Do To Improve Cyber-Security
"At the Open Source Summit, Window Snyder, Chief Security Officer at Intel, explains why fear is not a good motivator for improving cyber-security and provides insight into how to improve software defenses," reports Sean Michael Kerner in eWeek.

"There are a lot of different things that developers can do to improve open-source code quality and being driven by fear isn't one of them, according to Window Snyder, Chief Security Officer at Intel.

Snyder participated in a keynote conversation with Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation at the Open Source Summit on Aug. 30, talking about her experiences and recommendations for cyber-security. Snyder joined Intel in July and previously held executive security management roles at Fastly, Apple, Mozilla and Microsoft..."

eWeek, August 30th, 2018
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